On my side of the family we’ve always had an artificial tree, in fact we’ve had the same one for as long as I can remember. Lee’s family on the other hand gets a real Christmas tree every year. Upon learning that I had never had a real Christmas tree, Lee decided there was simply no other possibility than using a real tree for our first Christmas together in our new-to-us home.
I was really excited about that! Traditions are something I absolutely love about this time of year. But exploring new things and creating new traditions together with Lee is something I love even more.
I wish we had the time to go to a tree farm to select our tree and cut it down ourselves after taking a few pictures all the while sipping on hot chocolate but that wasn’t in the cards for us this year.
In truth, we had no idea if there were any tree farms near us, our schedules don’t give us much daylight hours together so cute pictures of a tree farm adventure were less than likely to happen, and with mid-December creeping up quickly, we decided, to drop the picture-perfect tree cutting adventure and simply pick our tree together from the stack in the parking lot of our grocery store, at 8PM on Wednesday night.
And it was still just as magical! We were together, picking a tree for our very first Christmas in our home. We tried to find one that seemed somewhat straight, about 6-7′ high and not too wide so it could fit in the spot we had prepared for it in our living room.
It is with much excitement, that we pulled out the base (bought on clearance after last Christmas) from storage, cut the bottom of the trunk a few inches shorter, screwed and leveled our tree, cut the meshing and let it spread before trimming it slightly and then vacuumed and vacuumed again!
Now we are only two days in with our real tree and we haven’t even hung a single light or decoration in it yet, so it’s hard to say if we’ll go this route again next year, but so far I am loving it. And I think the cats agree, especially Tux-Edo. Plus, our entire living room smells of fresh Balsam, a very Christmas-y smell indeed.
Which do you prefer: a real or an artificial Christmas tree? Do do you ever go from one to the other year after year or never change? What made you decide to go with one rather than the other?